Delegation is one of the areas that is an opportunity for improvement for many professionals today. In a context which is ever changing, and priorities can pull us in many directions, the art of delegation can be very important as you about getting things done, especially if you have a team around you.
Delegation is truly an art form. It’s not just about “getting something off your plate” but rather ensuring that it’s passed off to someone who can get it done and grow.
Check out this LinkedIn post I wrote a while ago on delegation –“Effective Delegation: Your Keys to Success”.
In the spirit of keeping things simple I often share the 5 Ws and an H when I am speaking with leaders and virtual team members about delegation. Here’s what I wrote about delegation using this approach over at the Teams365 blog a while ago:
“We can apply the 5 Ws to Delegation:
What - What do you want to delegate? What are the specifics? What resources do they need to complete this?
Who - Who will you delegate to? Do they have the skills required? What support do they need along the way?
When - What are the major milestones along the way? How will you check in, and when?
Why - Why is this task important? Have you communicated the big picture?
Where - Where does the work need to take place?
How - What are the steps/actions required? How will it be measured? How will you all know it has been successful?”
Questions to consider :
What are the 5 Ws for you right now around delegation?
What do you want to make sure you delegate?
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Week 33 Focus – People Management 101
Focus Question: What makes your people exceptional?
People are at the heart of any great business, or team. People management is a critical element for success.
If you are a first-time team developer there’s lots to learn. It is often said that the move to first time supervisor or manager of people is the largest step you’ll ever undertake during your career. In PlanDoTrack, I explore core skills needed by both team leaders and team members. Given the autonomous nature of virtual and remote work, it can be beneficial and valuable to build these skills across an entire team – not just with the leader.
As a leader of people, there are a variety of different conversations you will engage in. Here are several of them:
Consider your skill base right now. What is one skill area you could become more effective in to boost your impact as a people leader?
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Complete the Wheel of Virtual and Remote Work in PlanDoTrack and review the skills listed in Section 1 of PlanDoTrack. What do you notice? Where can you improve?
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